Boost your immunity: Four picks for a healthy fall

By Sarah Metzger, livestrong.com
Posted Oct. 20, 2011, at 4:41 p.m.

Making smart choices this month can help ensure that your fall schedule doesn’t include the flu. Check with your doctor about vaccinations. Remember to practice good hygiene and make time to exercise.

There’s also another, delicious way to help combat catching a virus. Try incorporating some of this season’s best immunity-boosting foods into your diet to stay strong all season long. Here are four to try.

Salmon

This gem of the sea comes packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation and potentially lower cholesterol. Try drizzling a small amount of olive oil over salmon and baking for a satisfying, immunity-boosting entree.

Pumpkin

Consider pumpkin for more than carving this season. It’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins C and E, among others. You’ll also get a healthy dose of fiber and folate when you add pumpkin to your plate.

Dark leafy greens

Spinach, kale and other dark, leafy varietals offer up a bevy of vitamins and minerals. Get a healthy dose of vitamins A, C and K by including spinach in your next meal. Make your own kale chips in the oven for a great on-the-go snack.

Yogurt

Include yogurt in your diet to reap the benefits of powerful probiotics. Reach for brands that contain live active cultures and are minimally processed. Top with blueberries or raspberries for an extra kick of antioxidants.

Sarah Metzger is a former editor of LIVESTRONG.COM. To read more about health, fitness and nutrition, go to LIVESTRONG.COM.

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